The Escape Surf School Newquay Cornwall

surf lessons and courses newquay cornwall

All our surf lessons, from the half day to the 6 lesson course are tailored towards your individual level of surfing which we will assess on the day.

On every session, we usually have a mixture of beginners and those that may have had 1or 2 lessons and perhaps more advanced surfers, therefore we will usually have at least 2 or 3 instructors working, (one for each level).

We always assess your ability on the day, and assign you to the correct group – this ensures that you will never receive the same lesson twice, as you will progress through the levels.

Whether you are a complete beginner or surf regularly, you will benefit from a lesson with the Escape Surf School. As well as teaching the technique and skill of surfing we also place a great emphasis on safety and water awareness. We pride ourselves on being flexible, so if there is not a course to suit you, just give us a call and we can discuss your requirements.

95% of our lessons, take place on Towan Beach, which is a 1 minute walk from the surf school which is an ideal beach for learning and progressing quickly. Occasionally we use Great Western or Fistral beach, all of which are less than 5 minutes walk from the school. So we meet at the school, where we all change into wetsuits, and then proceed to the best beach for the conditions, tides and clients ability.

All our lessons are 2 hours long and include all equipment

We are flexible. If you want to spread your lessons over a few days, you can - at no extra cost, so maybe you would like to have 3 lessons over 6 days, that’s fine!

Group Discounts are available, just ask for details, or check out our group bookings section

The prices include board and wetsuit (and boots, gloves & hoods if required) there are no hidden charges.



Perfect for beginners looking for an introduction to surfing, or a quick surfing fix!

For students on a first lesson we will introduce all of the skills and techniques necessary to surf with control and safety. You'll be riding the waves with style!

If you have already surfed, then we will use this session to build on more advanced techniques, including paddling, turning and reading the ocean


An intensive day of surfing aimed at people wanting to learn lots of techniques in a short period of time.

The lessons will be tailored to your individual level of surfing guaranteeing you get the most out of the session. The 2 sessions can be taken over 1 or 2 days as required and are targeted to your current ability


A great way to cover the basics of surfing in a short period of time. The lessons will be tailored to your individual level of surfing. The 3 sessions can be taken over 3 separate days if required, or over 2 days.

An ideal package for a long weekend, with time to relax between sessions. 


A course designed for an individual or group. You will be shown the basics of surfing through to more progressive techniques, including turning and outback surfing, as well as paddling and wave awareness.

An intensive course aimed at maximum water time over a short period, although you can spread the lessons over 4 days if you like


A great course based over one week. Come and surf with us and live the surf lifestyle in the centre of UK surfing.

This course is suitable for all abilities, whether you are a complete beginner or have surfed before. You will be shown basic techniques through to advanced techniques like paddling correctly, turning and reading the ocean and waves.  

Lots of water time so a great opportunity to become a competent surfer. You can also progress from soft to a hard board on this course 


Our Surf instructors are also available for private surf lessons. These are ideal if you are looking for an intensive learning process. They are suitable for complete beginners as well as those who have already had lessons and are looking to improve.

You will be met at the surf school by the coach, who will assess your surfing experience and tailor the lesson to your current ability. These lessons give lots of instruction and assistance over a short period of time, so ideal if you are looking to accelerate the learning process.


Our private 2 on 1 lessons are ideal if you and your partner or friend want to receive expert coaching but without the group environment.

This offer is best suited if you are both at similar levels with your surfing, but you can be complete beginner or at a more advanced stage; we will tailor the surf coaching to your level.


Coasteering is the latest extreme activity to hit the Cornish coast. It’s operated by Salt Air Adventures,  the premier providers of Coasteering in Newquay and involves swimming, climbing, caving, jumping and scrambling your way along the coast.

With this package you experience the best that the Cornish coastline has to offer: riding the waves with style, and jumping off sea cliffs - whats not to love!?

This course is best taken over 2 days, but can fit into an action packed day of activity if required

We can't take online booking for this package - so call or email us for details

 Kneeboarding newquay

2 Hours - Including Knee Board | Fins | Wetsuit | Fin socks

Knee boarding allows you to learn the same principles as you would in surfing but instead it simplifies the amount of steps to follow through. You only need to use your knees so it is great for kids, parents, really anyone can part take in it as you don't need to stand. Knee boarding with ESS in Newquay can be done in between the bathing area, which is great as there is no need to compete with other surfers. You will be straight to your knee's, so you will now have more time to learn the core ingredients of surfing; Using the rails, S-turning, Figure of 8 and Layback.